Stringing a Grommetless POG

EBauman

New User
Hi folks. I just picked up my new (old) POG type 1 (no grommets) from the stringer, and noticed that he didn't include the little leather pads that were under the strings at the throat of the racquet. Will that either harm the racquet or hurt the playability in any way? Sorry if this question has been asked before.
 

Bud

Bionic Poster
He should have definitely left them in there. The strings will eat right through the graphite on those frames.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
If the string is too skinny, too tight or too unforgiving, it is certainly a challenge to the integrity of the frame. Big fat string at a low tension in a 35 year old graphite 'might' be OK. Personally, I would tube and pad those holes UNLESS the string job is strictly cosmetic and a clean look was desired.
 

joe sch

Legend
Those leather "power pads" are usually replaced at each restringing so just make some more. As coach suggests, also helps to use some tubies so pickup some from TW or have your stringer use some. A string that is wide diameter like 15L and more playable like natural gut or soft synthetic (not poly) will be best for that nice vintage graphite. Should be fun to hit, enjoy it.
 

EBauman

New User
Thanks for the info guys! You've got me worried now, though. I had it strung at 65 lbs. with a 17 gauge string. I'll have to quickly get it re-strung so I don't damage it. I bought it on the auctions site, and the back story was that the owner bought it in the 80's, used it a couple of times, and put it in the closet. I took that story with a grain of salt, but when I took it out of the head cover, the kind that covers the head only unfortunately, it really did look like new. The cover was dirty, the grip was dirty and a little banged up, but the frame itself was all black and shiny and didn't have a mark on it. The strings still had the P stencil. I'll definitely have it re-strung at a lower tension with a thicker string, with the pads and tubes. Any suggestions for a nice low tension? Btw, the grip is flatter than the typical boxy Prince grip. When did that change?
 

joe sch

Legend
Thanks for the info guys! You've got me worried now, though. I had it strung at 65 lbs. with a 17 gauge string. I'll have to quickly get it re-strung so I don't damage it. I bought it on the auctions site, and the back story was that the owner bought it in the 80's, used it a couple of times, and put it in the closet. I took that story with a grain of salt, but when I took it out of the head cover, the kind that covers the head only unfortunately, it really did look like new. The cover was dirty, the grip was dirty and a little banged up, but the frame itself was all black and shiny and didn't have a mark on it. The strings still had the P stencil. I'll definitely have it re-strung at a lower tension with a thicker string, with the pads and tubes. Any suggestions for a nice low tension? Btw, the grip is flatter than the typical boxy Prince grip. When did that change?

Id just play it as is now. The stringing process is what can do most of the damage so once completed, you might as well enjoy the racket. Hope you like the performance, it will play much better at lower tension, IMO.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
Id just play it as is now. The stringing process is what can do most of the damage so once completed, you might as well enjoy the racket. Hope you like the performance, it will play much better at lower tension, IMO.

Agreed. Take a look at the holes in the 'corners' and inside the throat. If those areas show no signs of failure, hit away! Might not go pounding cold balls in 40 degree temps! ;)
 

struggle

Legend
I remember tearing a couple of those apart around 1988 maybe while stringing (luckily a friends', with warning). They were already "old" then.

nice find. string low and love it. i'd tube and pad next time as others said and enjoy that stick.
 

EBauman

New User
I just had it re-restrung because of the warnings about damaging the frame. I got 15L strings @ 55 lbs. I also had leather pads put in the original 2 places and also the 3 loops in the bridge. It definitely changed the sound of the ball hitting the strings. I get to actually try it out indoors this weekend.
 
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